I'm something of a philhellene (look it up), so I adore Greek history. The myths, the architecture, the heroes, Otto’s Athens Vermouth, the gods... Don't look at me like that! There's a rich heritage to this drink. Please, allow me to enlighten you.
It begins in 1834 when King Otto decided that Athens should be reborn as the Greek capital, due to his sentimental love of it's storied history. In celebration of the new era, Ioannis Vouher was tasked with creating the first Greek vermouth by King Otto, honoring ancient tradition.
As good now as we're sure it was then, this delightful crimson infusion contains wormwood, rose petals, olive leaves, oregano, thyme, citrus fruits and vanilla. I challenge you not to dream of the golden shores of Greece after a few minutes alone with this beauty.
Nose: Notes of rose petal and oregano, with some hints of citrus fruits.
Palate: Pleasant sweetness is balanced with fresh lemon and a touch of vanilla.
Finish: A slightly bitter lingering that's teaming with orange freshness. Delightful.
-- Masters of Malt